Post # 1
The Fiance and I are jetsetting to OAHU!! We’ll be right by Waikiki Beach. I’ve wanted to go to Hawaii all my life 🙂
Any experiences, tips, etc. those of you who have been there can share…do tell!
I am also considering a day trip to Maui… so excited!
Post # 3
YAY! I’d love to hear what other Bees have to say too.
Post # 4
@somethingmarysol: The trailblazer guide book series has great tips of finding beaches and sites off the beaten track! We used Trailblazer Kauai and loved it!!
Here is a link to Trailblazer Hawaii on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0967007259
Post # 5
@SMTexas: great find! thanks for the tip!
Post # 6
Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit!! 🙂 Wear sunscreen while on the beach. Take a chance and trying surfing. Rent a board on Waikiki Beach – it’s easy and fun!
Post # 7
Congratulations! I’m from O’ahu, and I think it’s an excellent place to spend your honeymoon, tons of fun things to do. I’m from the North Shore, and I personally think the beaches are better on that side (of course I’m biased!), but I’d definitely take a day and drive down the H3/Kamehameha Highway to see that side of the island, very green, much more calm. What kind of things do you guys like to do? Beaches? Hikes? Sight seeing?
Post # 8
I loved our Hawaiian honeymoon! We went to Maui, but some of these tips will still apply:
- Rent your beach gear, like snorkels, somewhere other than at your hotel. We got snorkel gear for both of us for five days for $30 flat, whereas on the beach at our resort, it was $8/hour just for snorkel and mask (no flippers)
- It sounds silly, but bring a cardigan or two. Hawaii has milder weather than you would expect, and at night, I actually got a little chilly in the strapless shirts I’d packed!
- Ooh, also, if you like snorkeling, buy an under-water camera before you go!
- I definitely recommend a luau. It’s the quintessential Hawaii honeymoon experience. 🙂
- If you’re planning on driving and have a GPS, you may want to bring it. We used ours a ton as we drove around the island.
- If you’re interested, our sunset/dinner cruise was one of the most memorable nights of our trip (not that the whole thing wasn’t memorable). We took a smaller boat (a catamaran) that docked near our beach. Dinner was included, the bar was open, and we got to be on the water for sunset. Amazing!
Okay, that’s a start, but I’m sure I can think of more. 🙂 How exciting for you!!!! I’ll never forget our honeymoon to Maui. Your time in Hawaii is going to be so special!
Post # 9
The revealed series for Hawaii is awesome
Some other day or overnight trip suggestion: My favorite island was Kauai for relaxation and gorgeous landscape. Big Island is awesome too for Volcanos National Park. If you go to Mani, consider a overnight to see the sunrise on Haleakela too.
Post # 10
Thank you everyone for being so helpful and getting me even MORE excited for this trip!!
We love to explore, hike, and see the sights so I think we will definitely want to do a Pearl Harbor tour, a North Shore relaxation getaway, and snorkeling!
@Gemstone: which sunset cruise did you do? sounds awesome!
@pinkshoes: we want to do Haleakela but i don’t know if we can do an overnight–what do you suggest? is a day trip worth it?
@MsCarabiner: what’s the best beach on the north shore? i’ve already looked them up and all are beautiful, but would love your recommendation!
Post # 11
@somethingmarysol: We did this cruise:
We loved it because it took a smaller number of passengers so plenty of room to wander around onboard, the food was great, it had an open bar, and the captain and crew did all of the food and bar service, and they could not have been nicer or more friendly people! 🙂
And I second the “Revealed” series. Maui Revealed was invaluable to us having an awesome honeymoon!
Post # 12
Third the “Revealed” series. I’d also recommend sneaking in an extra day in Maui if possible–we did Maui, Oahu, and Kauai and I liked Maui the best–beaches are to die for and Haleakela is worth the 2 AM wake-up.
I’d also suggest seeking out happy hour deals on food and booze. There are a ton and you can save a lot of dough. Since it was a huge time difference between home and HI for us (6 hours) it actually worked really well to eat in the 5-6:30 timeslot when we first arrived. We got 50% off at Sansi (I think they have happy hour deals on Mondays and Tuesdays)–would definitely recommend the sushi there.
And though it may seem like a downer, I would DEFINITELY recommend Pearl Harbor. I was iffy on it before we went, but it was probably my favorite part of Oahu. If you go early, you still have plenty of time for beach-laying later on. If you go later in the day, you may have to wait a few hours to actually make it onto the monument.
Finally, I would suggest a trip to the Iolani Palace. It’s a hidden, beautiful gem and a fantastic way to find out about Hawaiian history in a short hour or two. Again, if you go early, still plenty of time left in the day to relax.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
When I went with some friends, I got the Entertainment Book for Hawaii; it contains coupons for a lot of stuff, restaurants, sightseeing, etc. I think we only used it for kayak rentals and horseback riding but it still saved us at least triple the amount it cost.
Post # 14
Great tips so far! I definitely recommend the “Revealed” books, too. Even though I’ve lived here (on Oahu) for a number of years, I still keep a copy in my car to check out new places.
You may want to subscribe to Groupon and Living Social deals for Honolulu, too. Actually, Living Social deals seem to be more suited toward visitors / activities.
Kayaking, Surfing, and Stand Up Paddling are all fun things to try.
There are tons of hikes for all different skill levels and different types of views (ocean, mountain, rainforest, a few small waterfalls).
Waikiki Beach is pretty and lots of fun but definitely venture out to the other beaches. Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach are fantastic! If you’re coming in the summer, Waimea Bay is also awesome, the water is clear as can be, the waves are fun and swimmable, and there’s a big rock you can jump off, if you’re brave 🙂
Feel free to PM me with any questions you might have about O’ahu. (Sadly, I haven’t been to Maui yet)
Post # 15
I have two favoritesthat are a little abnormal. The first is Pounders, on the east side of the north shore. It’s usually got great big waves, and isn’t too crowded. Also, it’s before the traffic hits. North shore traffic can be a nightmare, but fortunately the view is good so it shouldn’t be a problem.
The other, on the west and more iconic side of the north shore, is called three tables. It is right between sharks cove (good snorkeling) and Waimea Bay (definitely jump off the rock if the tide is in, you can tell if it’s safe usually if others are jumping). Three tableshas some of the clearest water I’ve ever seen, it has some reef, hense the tables. And it’s not quite as busy as the beaches on either side.
Also if you go down that way the best shave ice i’ve had is at Matsomotos is Haleiwa, the lines are long, but for a good reason. Remember to call it shave ice, not shaveD ice, gramatically incorrect, but what can you do?
Let me know if you have any other questions, have a great time!
Post # 16
I don’t have any tips, but I just booked my trip to Hawaii today and this thread is super helpful! 🙂